Hun­dreds visit bi­en­nial quilt show

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

The Mata­mata Patch­work and Quil­ters’ lat­est ex­hi­bi­tion was the most suc­cess­ful yet, with hun­dreds of peo­ple through the doors over Fri­day and Satur­day.

Pres­i­dent Shirley Frew said they were ex­tremely thrilled with the re­sponse.

‘‘We had al­most dou­ble the num­bers through than last time and the feed­back was all re­ally lovely,’’ she said.

The ex­hi­bi­tion was called The Lan­guage of Flow­ers and in­cluded quilts, wall hang­ings, fab­ric art and much more.

Mem­bers al­ways en­joyed open­ing the event up to more than just tra­di­tional quilts, said Mrs Frew.

Some of the more creative nov­elty items in­cluded hand­crafted teddy bears, wear­able art and pil­lows.

‘‘Hav­ing fun things like that keeps the club go­ing and keeps the in­ter­est go­ing,’’ Mrs Frew said.

‘‘You are al­ways dy­ing to see what other peo­ple have done.’’

The club hosts an ex­hi­bi­tion ev­ery sec­ond year and this year had a to­tal of 70 wall quilts, 40 bed quilts and 78 nov­elty items.

‘‘I was amazed at what the girls came up with,’’ Mrs Frew said.

‘‘I think they have done such a fab­u­lous job.’’

Win­ners of the peo­ple’s choice awards were Val Eddy with her quilt Matthew’s Braid and Linda Hodel with her wall hang­ing Betty Quilt and nov­elty item Crazy Cats.

But­ter­flies: Gifted to Dorothy Linn by the Mata­mata P’s and Q’s.

ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

Foxes in Boxes: Made by Glenda Brady. In­spired by a de­sign seen in Frankie Mag­a­zine.

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